Reliving my cookie period

I don’t know that everyone goes through a cookie period, but I did. It was extensive, lasting from the ages of 7 to 18 and boy, was I prolific. Like many little girls, the first recipe I asked if I could make was chocolate chip cookies — the Tollhouse recipe on the back of the . . . → Read More: Reliving my cookie period

Bread of the Month: Sensing the tastes of a famed artist

What most of us know of Georgia O’Keeffe comes from the canvas — brilliant, colorful, sensuous works that stamped a legendary place for the artist in history as one of the country’s most talented painters. As a person, she was known as the adventuring reclusive, who fell in love with New Mexico and made a . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Sensing the tastes of a famed artist

Bread of the Month: Beating winter blahs with orange, cranberries

In my youth, I was resistant to cranberries. My over-sensitive tastebuds (as is the case with most childhood tongues) couldn’t tolerate their bitter tartness, nor could they handle dark chocolate or hot sauce. Today, my tastebuds, matured and more dulled and ready for strong flavors, make staples of all three.

My love of cranberries . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Beating winter blahs with orange, cranberries

Bread of the Month: Crossing dessert genres

I wanted to feature a spring bread in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, preferably a scone. But my mind kept going back to something I baked several years ago and hoped to return to again. Was an Apple Scone Cake — a layered scone and apple creation — a bread, a cake, a pie? Where . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Crossing dessert genres

Snacking on zesty nut mix

The phenomenon of reaching for the crunchy/salty in times of need — stress, depression, boredom, etc. — is not new. Studies have shown that the crunchy/salty elevates the mood, with both a texture and taste satisfaction. Thus, popcorn and other crispy sorts have always been high on my list. And nuts! Who cannot love them? . . . → Read More: Snacking on zesty nut mix

Baking cookies, short and sweet

One of my earliest kitchen memories is of lying on the linoleum floor, being fanned. Not fanned exactly, but taking full advantage of the warm, sweet wind made by my mother waving a cookie sheet back and forth to cool it before she loaded it with a new batch of dough. The aroma of butter . . . → Read More: Baking cookies, short and sweet